Monday, July 16, 2007

No MyKad, no vote... 84,000 warned

MALACCA: More than 84,000 Malaysians with blue identity cards may have to sit out the next general election unless they change to the MyKad.
Election Commission secretary Datuk Kamaruzaman Mohd Noor said the commission had decided to remove their names from the electoral roll.

He said this was because the old ICs had been the cause of problems during elections.

"The move would standardise the roll, besides helping the National Registration Department get all Malaysians to change to the 12-digit MyKad.

"We are in the process of cleaning the roll with the latest version on display at 866 locations soon."
He urged voters to check the roll which would be displayed at EC offices, post offices and shopping complexes between Wednesday and July 24.

"If their names are missing, or the name is misspelt, gender, race and voter’s house number, are inaccurate, please come to us to rectify the problem," he said after launching the state-level "Gerakan Perdana Pendaftaran Pemilih" at the Mahkota Parade Shopping Complex here yesterday.

The campaign aims to encourage Malaysians to register as voters.

Those who are 21 and above are eligible to register. Voters who have changed their address can apply for a change of voting centre to one nearer their home.

The nationwide campaign also hopes to reach out to the next-of-kin of the dead to remove their names from the roll.

Registered voters could also check their details by logging into the EC’s website at www.spr.gov.my.

Meanwhile, state elections director Dzulkefli Abdul Rahman said 18,170 new voters were registered in Malacca last year with another 14,239 this year.



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